Imprisoned comedian Bill Cosby rushed to thank rapper Snoop Dogg for calling for his freedom as they slammed Gayle King for trying ‘to tarnish the legacy of successful black men’ after the CBS presenter brought up Kobe Bryant’s rape allegations.
Cosby, 81, joined Snoop Dogg in slamming CBS, King and Oprah for trying ‘to tarnish the image and legacy of successful Black Men even in death’ after CBS host King faced intense backlash over an interview in which she mentioned the Bryant allegations.
The comedian claimed that ‘successful Black Women are being used to tarnish’ the reputation of black male celebrities such as Kobe Bryant and Michael Jackson.
It is not immediately clear how Cosby, who is serving three to ten years in a Pennsylvania prison for sexual assault, has access to his Twitter account.
Mentioning Snoop Dogg, 48, Cosby wrote: ‘when they brought me to my gated community and placed me inside of my penthouse, they didn’t win nor did they silence me. It’s so sad and disappointing that successful Black Women are being used to tarnish the image and legacy of successful Black Men even in death.’
In further tweets he added: ‘Are these people that in need of fame, ratings and/or money? On behalf of myself, Camille and my family, thank you, thank you and thank you. My heartfelt prayers are with Kobe and his family, as well as with Michael Jackson and his family. May their legacies live on forever.’
The comedian ended by including hashtags such as #ThankYouSnoopDogg, #StopTearingDownBlackMen, #KobeLegacyLivesOn, #GiannaLegacyLivesOn, #MichaelJacksonLegacyLivesOn and #BillCosbyFarFromFinished.
Snoop Dogg responded to the thanks by saying ‘Love u uncle bill’ and reposted Cosby’s comments along with a picture of them both.
Cosby’s reentry to social media came after Snoop Dogg unleashed his anger on CBS host Gail King, claiming that she and Oprah were happy to believe rape and sexual assault accusations against black men but have been pictured with movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, who is currently at trial over sexual assault charges.
King faced intense backlash earlier this week after CBS posted a clip of her interview with former WNBA star Lisa Leslie, during which the reporter asked Leslie about the late Kobe Bryant’s 2003 rape case
Snoop Dogg took offense to King’s comments, criticizing her and Oprah in several expletive-ridden posts in which he called for Cosby’s release from prison and claims that the women tried to tarnish the names of Cosby, Bryant and Michael Jackson but failed to do so with Harvey Weinstein.
In a video captioned ‘Let the family mourn in peace’, he said: ‘We expect more from you, Gail. Don’t you hang out with Oprah? Why y’all attacking us? We your people.
‘You ain’t come after Harvey Weinstein asking them d—–s questions. I get sick of y’all. I wanna call you one. Is it OK if I call her one? Funky dog head b—h.’
In a further Instagram post on Oprah with Harvey Weinstein, the rapper said: ‘Did that fake a– Micheal Jackson [sic] s–t to tarnish his name with them lying a– kids and here she is with a known rapist smiling and laughing. F–k u and Gayle. Free bill Cosby.’